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Because it is the business and financial center of Germany and one of the largest cities, it is also the city with the busiest German airport.
Frankfurt is home to the European Central Bank and the German Stock Exchange located on the river Main.
There are some of the highest skyscrapers of Europe and the city center, as well as the museums at the River Main to attract millions of tourists every year.
Some of the must-see historical buildings are Römerberg, Dom, the main Gothic-style cathedral and Eiserner Steg.
Warnings & Dangers in Frankfurt
OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM
When the safety index is taken into consideration, Frankfurt is an overall safe city, as well as a whole of Germany. However, in comparison to other cities in Germany, the city is dangerous. Violent crime is not very common, but tourists should be particularly vigilant on the streets, stations and crowded public places at night.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW
Since many travelers come here for business, there are numerous taxi drivers in Frankfurt. Even though the risk of being overcharged or toured around the city is very low, there might be some taxi drivers that will try to take advantage of if they notice that you are not familiar with the city. Avoid driving here, and if you do, pay attention to where you park your car.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM
Pickpockets are operating in crowded places in Frankfurt. Even though the risk of being robbed is not very high, tourists should do their best to prevent thieves from stealing their possessions. The central station area has many homeless people, beggars, and drug users, who might bother tourists, so try to avoid them.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW
The risk of natural disasters is low because Germany has a great location when natural hazards are in question.
MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM
There are very few chances of being mugged or kidnapped in Frankfurt, but still, it is better to avoid dangerous zones. Vigilance is always advised.
TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM
Although Frankfurt was not the target of the terrorist’s attacks, the possibility of the attack exists and the German government practice increased security especially on major events and public gatherings. UK and British nationals can become victims since groups and individuals are motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria and may attack them.
SCAMS RISK : LOW
Although the scam risk is low in Frankfurt, do not accept help from people who try to distract you by offering help. Be aware of fake police officers who want to check your money, because a real officer will never do that.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
Female travelers can feel very safe while in Frankfurt and traveling solo on German trains is also not considered risky as in other major cities.
So... How Safe Is Frankfurt Really?
Frankfurt is the center of culture, history, banking and business in Europe.
It’s a modern city and it becomes a well-visited tourist destination nowadays.
Being the host of numerous festivals, it offers the tourist a chance to enjoy river activities or relax in parks, restaurants, and cafés.
However, a great amount of tourists is usually followed by criminals.
The good thing is that violent crime is not frequent in Frankfurt and there is almost no possibility of being a victim of armed robbery or some other serious assault.
Germany is not a dangerous country, but Frankfurt is one of the less safe cities here.
Tourists need to pay attention to some petty criminal acts around the stations, where many drug dealers can be found, and avoid drunken, strange-looking or aggressive people, particularly at night.
They need to be watchful in the center of Frankfurt especially in the Romer area where pickpockets operate mostly.
Regardless of the fact that Frankfurt has the highest levels of crime in Germany which proves its nickname the German “crime capital”, it is still less dangerous than many other metropolitan cities worldwide, and tourists who want to visit it should not hesitate, because they can feel safe here, as long as they practice common sense and remain vigilant.
How Does Frankfurt Compare?
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- Visas - In case a tourist stays under 90 days, the visa is not obligatory, and EU nationals with Schengen do not have to obtain visa no matter how long they stay. Whether you need visa for entering Germany or not depend on your nationality and you can check entry requirements with the German Embassy.
- Currency - The official currency in Germany is the Euro. Germany is usually seen as cheaper than in other countries in Europe, and Frankfurt is a great place for shopping.
- Weather - Germany is considered as one of the cold countries in Europe, so the best time for Frankfurt is the period from late spring to early autumn. The summers are usually very sunny and warm, and on some days the temperature can reach even 35° C. The winters are cold, but the snow is rare in Frankfurt itself.
- Airports - Frankfurt is proud of one of the busiest airports in Europe and that is Frankfurt Airport. Some other international airports which may be used as an alternative when coming to Germany are in Berlin, Munich, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, and Stuttgart.
- Travel Insurance - If you want to feel protected and trouble-free when it comes to unpredicted accidents, travel insurance is a must. Make sure that it covers both medical problems and the loss of personal belongings.
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4 Reviews on Frankfurt
Frankfurt is really nice
My husband and I visited Frankurt in late spring and had a wonderful time. As a woman, I didn’t feel I had anything to worry about and was able to go shopping by myself during the day. I would not travel too far or go out at night alone though. Overall, the place is beautiful and lively. Worth the visit.
Cool and safe
It was the first place I went outside of my country, it is very beautiful, I recommend the place if you want to go there, goodbye
Safe during the day
I had no problems exploring the city during the day but I wouldn’t venture alone at night. With Frankfurt being one of the less safe cities in Germany keeping your purse close and not attracting unwanted attention are essential.
Frankfurt during day and night are two different worlds. At day it’s overall safe, but the nightlife can be very dangerous. At night there is lots of criminality going on and organized crime as well. At night Gangs decide what’s right and what’s wrong. They set the rules. Police isn’t able to handle the night life. You might not hear lots of stories about crime that’s because they are underground and the police isn’t able to catch the gangs. So be careful at Nights especially the women shouldn’t walk around at night alone.
Stay safe and have fun visiting my hometown FFM